Beth Buczynski

6 Eco-Friendly DIY Homes Built for $20K or Less!

by , 03/18/14
filed under: Architecture, Tiny Homes

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Tiny House Family

In most traditional homes, we end up paying for space we don’t really use. Sure a guest bedroom, office, den, and two car garage sound great, but is it really worth the three times a year we utilize these spaces to their fullest? For the Tiny House Family, wasted space wasn’t an option. Hari, Karl and their son and daughter’s small living adventure began when the sour economy caused their award-winning restaurant in Florida to close. Knowing they needed to save money, but still wanting to live mortgage-free, they bought a parcel of land in the Blue Ridge Mountains and built a 320 sq. foot new home using salvaged materials for just $12,000. See pics!

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LaMar Alexander

Homesteader and author LaMar Alexander lives in a tiny, self-sufficient 400 square foot cabin that he built himself for under $2,000! Powered by a 580-watt solar system and a 400-watt wind power system, this cute little cabin includes a rainwater and gray water harvesting system, a solar composting toilet, propane-heated shower, and sleeping space for up to six people. Better yet, he’s authored a series of e-books so that other people can build their own off-grid cabin. See pics!


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Macy Miller

Idaho architect Macy Miller dreamed of owning her own home, but preferred to avoid the 30-year mortgage. Rather than fork over a ton of money to a contractor, Miller decided to design and built her own dream home. The result is a tiny 196 square-foot home built on the bed of a 24-foot long, 8-foot wide flatbed trailer for maximum mobility. It features a composting toilet, a recycled, 4-burner, small oven and gas stove, under floor electric radiant heat system, and siding repurposed from old wood pallets. Final cost? It’s still a work in progress, but Miller says she’s on track to meet her $12,000 goal. See pics!

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  1. bhawani Bhawani December 3, 2014 at 2:17 am

    Dear friends,

    I work with a Gandhian NGO named ‘Gram Bharati Samiti’ or Society for rural Development established in 1984. we work in the villages in the Rajasthan state of India with focus on improvement of environment and women’s empowerment.
    We want to develop a training center for the women and bought a piece of land of size 2033 sq, yards. We want to build an Eco-friendly and low cost building on this land including rooms for training (4), office, store, dispensary and toilet-bath. We look to make it based on Gandhian principles.

    May I request you kindly to let us know as whether we can get your advise in this project? your early response will be highly appreciated.
    With regards,

    Bhawani Shanker Kusum
    Secretary & Executive Director

  2. Christine Gould October 12, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    We need this everywhere!

  3. Grace Jacobs May 30, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    It amazes me that these structures lack accessability and visitability.I thought we would be more inclusive by the 21st century.

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